Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Grain or a quantity of grain for grinding.
  • n. Ground grain.
  • idiom (one's) Something that can be used to advantage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. grain that is to be ground in a mill
  • n. a group of bees
  • n. supply; provision
  • n. A given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ground corn; that which is ground at one time; as much grain as is carried to the mill at one time, or the meal it produces.
  • n. Supply; provision.
  • n. In rope making, a given size of rope, common grist being a rope three inches in circumference, with twenty yarns in each of the three strands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 1. A grinding: in the quotation used of the gnashing of the teeth.
  • n. That which is ground; corn to be ground; grain carried to the mill to be ground separately for its owner.
  • n. The amount ground at one time; the grain carried to the mill for grinding at one time.
  • n. Hence Material for an occasion; a supply or provision.
  • n. Material for one brewing. See the extract.
  • n. A given size of rope or yarn, as determined by the amount of material. The common grist of rope is a circumference of 3 inches, with 20 yarns in each of the 3 strands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grain intended to be or that has been ground

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English grīst; see ghrendh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English grist, gryst, from Old English grist, gyrst ("the action of grinding, corn for grinding, gnashing"), from a derivative of Proto-Germanic *gredanan (“to crunch”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrēu- (“to rub, grind”). Cognate with Old Saxon gristgrimmo ("gnashing of the teeth"), German Griesgram ("a grumbler, a grouch, peevishness, misery"), Old English gristel ("gristle"). More at gristle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The existence of the pool first became public last week when an email announcing the 2011 results was forwarded to an environmental website called grist.org.

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  • The miller, therefore, takes toll of the grist, which is another source of seignorial revenue, although not a very great one, for the toll is, excepting the miller's thumb rights, not very large.

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  • The crushed malt, called grist, is then mixed with hot water and left to stand so the starch can be converted into malt sugars.

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  • The former president turned to a few general issues, saying he hoped to provide "grist" for the mills of the netroots.

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  • That takes care of the "grist" part of the strategy: Obama is going to be attacked, and every attack becomes an opportunity to get the attention he needs to reveal himself to the American people.

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  • Thence the ground malt, or "grist" as it is now called, passes to the _Grist Hopper_, and from the latter to the _Mashing Machine_, in which it is intimately mixed with hot water from the _Hot Liquor Vessel_.

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  • There was very little that was not "grist" which came to the "mill" of

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  • I should like to do is to examine this grinding process rather carefully, -- to gain, if possible, some definite notion of the kind of grist we should like to produce, and then to see how the machinery may be made to produce this grist, and in what proportions we must mix the material that we pour into the hopper in order to gain the desired result.

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  • Lucien had dried a fresh "grist" of the tea leaves, and a cheering cup followed; and then the party all sat around their log-fire, while each of them detailed the history of his experience since parting with the others.

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  • Lucien had dried a fresh "grist" of the tea-leaves, and a cheering cup followed; and then the party all sat around their log-fire, while each of them detailed the history of his experience since parting with the others.

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